TED collates the opinions of several well-known people to create predictions of what will occur in the next 30 years? What is likely to “blow our minds” and have a lasting impact on society?
Personally, energy is the most important field in which we need advancements. A financially, ethically and environmentally viable method needs to be developed before there is an irreversible effect on our planet which we will come to reject. However, this does not make it the most likely to blow our minds in any sense. That is likely to be a discovery that significantly affects or augments our quotidian life, currently likely to be in the realm of handheld technology that has recently become an intrinsic segment of many. Many people will cite technology they have seen in science fiction novels and films such as Star Trek that they wish could come true but it is evident that advancements to do with nutrition, water supply and manufacturing would be important to the general advancement of the human race.